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7 Laws of Fat Loss

What does it take to succeed at fat loss?

So often, people begin a weight loss journey on a whim, simply grativating to the activities and choices that worked for them years ago or that others seem to be using. 

In healthy transformation, however, our objective is to shift our body composition toward lean mass. This requires much more than trying the latest fad, taking a heavily marketed pill, or even eating less and exercising more. We do well in this case to actually understand the principles of fat loss physiology.

Read on to learn the essential laws that govern your body's ability to shed fat.

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Body Fat Primer: Everything You Wanted to Know – But Were Afraid to Ask

The human body has an amazing capacity to store energy. Throughout childhood and adolescence, we accumulate a certain number of fat cells (adipose tissue) that will remain relatively constant for the rest of our lives.

How many of these cells, you ask? Estimates are anywhere from 20 to 400 BILLION! The size of the fat cells and energy content housed within them can be manipulated, but the number is somewhat set unfortunately.

Although we often use “weight loss” and “fat loss” interchangeably when we talk about body transformation goals, the actual processes end up looking quite different in execution—and outcome.

Just what is the physiological story of fat, and what should it mean for our transformation journeys? Read on for a full body fat primer with everything you need to know for your fat loss goals.


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6 Barriers to Body Fat Loss

There's no denying it. A weight loss journey can feel like a formidable undertaking.

It shuttles us through an often surprising process of emotional, behavioral and physical change.

We take on the tasks of learning more about our bodies' needs for optimal health, of implementing new habits that support our metabolic functioning, of exploring what influences (or even people!) both help and hinder our goals.

As complex as the physical picture of fat loss can be, however, the fulcrum of our success is oftentimes our psychological experience.

Understanding our personal challenges means identifying what trips us up and applying the best strategies to address each concern. Below are 6 of the most common "behavioral" barriers that hamper body fat loss.


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Belly Fat Deconstructed

There’s certainly not a shortage of attention devoted to our midsection weight gain. Have you ever Googled the term “belly fat”? The search gets forty-five million hits in under three tenths of a second!

What exactly is belly fat? Is it the same as fat in the rest of the body, my clients ask, or is it different? Why does it seem easier to gain and harder to lose?

Read on to learn the truth and the risks of abdominal fat - as well as the best strategies for midsection fat loss.


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Does Weight Influence Autoimmune Dysfunction?

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder? Chances are - yes.

In fact, some 50 million Americans today have one or more autoimmune related disorders. 

Why are we seeing such a rapid climb in these diagnoses? While genetics appear to predispose many of us, experts now believe that the development of these disorders must be set in motion or "triggered" by other external factors such as environmental exposures and lifestyle choices. Obesity and excess weight can also figure into our risk for autoimmune dysfunction.


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How Dietary Fat Helps You Lose Body Fat

Are you eating enough healthy fat? Losing body fat is a tricky dance that involves creating a slight but consistent energy deficit while achieving more adequate intake of nutrients to maintain or increase metabolic rate – all while controlling hunger and willpower in an unfriendly food world. It’s a choreography that many try but few truly master. If only they used more butter… Does it sound too good to be true? Let’s take apart what really happens when we incorporate more healthy fats into our diets and why it becomes easier to shed the body fat we want to lose.


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BMI: Does your weight really matter?

Few people in the United States would argue that we’re an overweight nation. Most people are familiar with the statistics that suggest 1/3 of the population is obese and another 1/3 is at least overweight. These statistics mainly come from height and weight data, which is used to compute body mass index levels for these individuals. Body mass index (BMI) is one of the most...

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